Northumberland County Council is encouraging people to take care when enjoying the county’s coast this summer.
With the popularity of beach parties during the warmer months, the authority is providing some early advice by urging beach-goers to act responsibly and take precautions before taking the plunge.
Last year, it received a number of concerns from coastal residents of people who were putting themselves or others at risk – either from dropping litter, careless use of disposal barbecues or going into the water after drinking alcohol.
Coun Liz Simpson, chair of the Safer Northumberland partnership, said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and make the most of our spectacular county’s beaches, but we want them to do it safely.
“This is why it is important that beach-goers, in particular those having beach parties, act responsibly to ensure the safety and the maintenance of our beautiful unspoilt coastline.”
Those using disposable barbecues should be extra vigilant to avoid the risk of fire when the dune grass is dry.